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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Over to you...

And now I'm off the air for two weeks. This is an open thread for Philocritophiles to carry on whatever conversation about liberal religion and politics you'd like to have while I'm away. I'll miss you all — but I've got boxes of Ikea furniture to assemble and some novels to read, so life is good.

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 18 August 2004 at 10:40 AM

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2 comments:

Kenneth:

August 19, 2004 10:35 AM | Permalink for this comment

OK, I'll start. Not knowing ancient Greek grammar, I have to ask: could we be Philophilocrites?

Jeff Wilson:

August 27, 2004 03:48 PM | Permalink for this comment

Here's something probably worth discussing, which went out over the UUA-L announcement list yesterday:

Sinkford Arrested for Protesting at Sudanese Embassy.

(Washington, DC -- August 26, 2004) UUA President William Sinkford was arrested yesterday in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC, as part of an ongoing protest against genocide in the Darfur region of western Sudan. The demonstration followed a special worship service at All Soul's Church, Unitarian. In his sermon, Rev. Sinkford said, "This is a day of conscience. We come to stand in solidarity with persons who are suffering, who are starving, who are dying, who are being raped.....Although there are many things we cannot change, we can change what is happening in Sudan."

Among those arrested with Rev. Sinkford were actor/activist Danny Glover, TransAfrica Forum president Bill Fletcher, Salih Booker and Emira Woods, also from TransAfrica Forum. Thirty UUs from the Washington, DC area participated in the public demonstration, including about ten ministers. The August 25th embassy protest was part of the "Sudan: Day of Conscience" actions organized by the Save Darfur Coalition. In early August, Rev. Sinkford was one of the initial signers of the Coalition's Unity Statement (text of the statement is online at savedarfur.org/go.php?q=unityStatement.html). Sinkford urged congregations to get involved, saying, "If we can help our leaders understand the dimensions of what is unfolding in Darfur, thousands of lives can be saved."

For the complete story, including photographs of the demonstration, please visit the UUA home page at www.uua.org.



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